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Plectranthus xerophilus

Plectranthus xerophilus

Steelpoort spurflower (Eng.), Steelpoort spoorsalie (Afr.)

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An erect deciduous shrub growing between 1-2m high with large leathery leaves and purple flowers. Flowering autumn to winter and flowers have a hooded corolla and a long calyx. The Steelpoort spurflower has horizontal tubular roots which help the plant to be drought-resistant. 'Xerophilus' means 'dry-loving' making it a wise choice in water-wise gardens. An attractive drought resistant deciduous shrub that can be placed in semi-shade to full sun.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings
Take 15-20cm long cuttings. Root in well-drainng mixture.
Seed
Sow seed in Spring.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Southern Africa
Natural climate
Bushveld and subtropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Ornamental
An attractive drought resistant deciduous shrub.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Purples
Scent
Mild

Problems

Problem free

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